Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cutest Kids Ever? Maybe

Thought I would put up a video and pic until I have time for a real update.

This is Esther blowing bubbles yesterday evening (check out Clara hanging out in the bumbo in the background).  She loves blowing bubbles, so much so that she even pretends blowing bubbles all the time when we are playing inside. Warning:  this is super cute.

I thought maybe the bubble solution tasted good since it did not seem to bother her so I tried it.  It tasted terrible.

And here is a cute pic of Clara while we were outside yesterday.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Return of the Soap Box

It has been a long time since I have posted something on here that was soap boxish.  I used to do it a whole lot more often before we had the kiddos.  And most of you may not care or want to here my thoughts on current topics but I like to do it and it is my blog so I am going to anyway.
Over the past month or so there has been a couple big news stories about parenting, specifically mothering (see it kind of relates to the kids).  The first a few weeks ago was some person saying Mitt Romney's wife never had a real job.  This started the stay at home mom vs working mom debate and which is better.  Then last week, Time Magazine, trying to get someone to actually be interested in their magazine but a shock and awe picture of a 3 year old nursing a mom.  This picture and related article started the debate about attachment parenting, extended breast feeding, etc and which style of mothering is best.
Today, I came across a blog article that summed up my feelings on these issues pretty well so I thought I would pass it along for you all to read if you are interested.   Here is a link to the article,  please click on it and read it.....http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-howerton/mommy-wars_b_1510807.html

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day I thought I (Margo) would write a post. It has been almost a month since an update on the girls. Our days are very busy taking care of two babies, work, church, farm, garden, hanging out with friends, etc. I think we are finally getting the hang of two kids and we are able to get out and do a little more now.

Esther is almost 22 months old. She talks all the time now and amazes us with all the things she knows. She is very silly and constantly cracks us up with things she says and does. She is very busy and never sits still. She loves to be outside. She goes out with Josh most evenings and plays in the garden, roams the pasture, swings, chases the dogs, digs in the sandbox, etc. She almost always throws a fit when it is time to come inside! She loves to help--unload the dishwasher, help with laundry, throw stuff away, bring us things. They tell us that at school she loves to help her teachers too. She is doing really well with Clara. She is eager to give her toys, talk to her, give her hugs, give her kisses, try to pick her up :), etc. Though we still have to constantly remind her to be gentle with her. Her hugs often turn into tackles and her pats turn into hits; though Clara usually doesn't seem to mind! Whenever Clara cries she will say, "Cla (Clara) sad." then she'll go over to Clara and say, "It's ok, it's ok." It is very sweet.

Esther wearing my shoes and "shopping"
Clara turned 5 months old last week. She is still a big girl. We weighed her last week and she was 21 lbs, making her about the size of a 1 year old! She is wearing 9-12 month clothes, which is nice because she can wear Esther's summer clothes from last year! We had to move her into a bigger carseat, because ours only went to 22 lbs. She has made huge strides in the past month at becoming a much happier baby. She is happy to be in her exersaucer, on her play mat, or just rolling around on the floor. Instead of crying constantly (like the first 3 months!) she now usually only cries if she is tired or hungry. Josh and I have actually been able to eat dinner at the same time, instead of one of us holding a crying baby! She is generally very smiley and talks and screeches all the time. She LOVES her sister. She would be happy to sit and watch Esther all day. She loves it when Esther hugs on her.

Playing in Esther's crib after naptime, you can tell they love each other! 

Clara hanging out in her jumparoo

It is crazy to think that two years ago we were going through fertility treatments and I so desperately wanted to be a mom. We were blessed with Esther just a couple of months later. Last year was my first Mother's Day as a mom to Esther, and I was miraculously pregnant. Our girls are such a blessing and I love being their mom.

Me and my two girls